28th Jan 2014
Grammy report: Bare elegance even at the Grammy’s
At Rock of Eden we love studying design influences from eras past and present. We especially like mixing jewelry styles such as clean classic antique pieces with a modern piece or two.
Normally we report on a few favorite fashionistas from the award shows but we’ll save that for our Pinterest board “Award Winning Styles”. Taylor Swift’s simple Gucci sparkler dress. The Grammy’s has glamour in a rocker vibe kind of way but we felt Taylor Swift’s dress was stunning – not forced – and the same can be said for certain performances.
This year we were impressed by the musical mix of artists from past decades with new artists. The Carol King, Sara Bareilles duo knocked it out of the ballpark. No smoke or billowing fire, just damn great singing accompanied by their pianos. They, like the newcomer, Lorde, proved that if you’ve got a great voice – just sing it!
Okay, speaking of great voices: hello Pink. Her song included an aerial performance that, believe it or not felt organic, to her mash up of “Try”. The choreography was artistic and perfectly timed to key lyrics as Pink spun or snapped loose from the straps mid-air. This beautiful performance was followed by the amazing ballad duo of “Just Give Me a Reason” on stage with Nate Ruess. They blew the doors off with their tandem powerhouse vocals.
Daft Punk, the French electronic duo, and Stevie Wonder and Chic’s Nile Rogers sang a medley creating a disco-fusion-funk-soul sound that was A-mazing. It included the popular “Get Lucky” with Chic’s “Le Freak, and Wonder’s “Another Star”. Disco was the house party of the night. This one made people get-up-off-a-the floor and dance.
The show ended with a performance by Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the stone Age that was great rock and roll without the hysterics and head banging. Unfortunately credits rolled and commercials aired over this which was disappointing and strange.
The black horse of the night was undoubtedly the seventeen year old Lorde, who sang “Royals”. She won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Her video look and styling is far more current and interesting than her Grammy wardrobe ensemble but with a song as fresh as “Royals” who cares? Her haunting voice, with lyrics that shun the “celebrity buzz,” provide a message that speaks to our times. We want quality, our own path of beauty and rightness and it doesn’t need a label.